By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III
Whenever we see racism, harassment, and hatred, a call for world faiths to step forward must be initiated. In this call, all faiths must come together to work towards solidarity. Even though there may be fundamental differences in beliefs and practices, it’s goes without saying that most, if not all faith practices are centered on the word ‘LOVE.’
Unfortunately, we live a world whereby people like to blame certain religions for violence throughout the land. Let’s look at an attack committed by someone who is a Muslim. The media is quick to point out that Islam is a terroristic religion. Now let’s look at an attack by someone who happens to be a Christian. The media will conclude mental illness and not say anything about Christianity. I could go on with other world religious practices, but I won’t because nothing gets solved as long as we keep pointing the finger.
Let’s face it – crimes committed by persons within certain world faiths doesn’t portray the ideology nor philosophy of the whole religion. Just as it’s unfair to label the action(s) of one dysfunctional person as a representative of a whole, the same is true of religion. In fact, those who label world faiths as being evil are just as guilty of not working towards peace.
Peace can be possible, if people work together. The church is often asked to be the voice of the community to bring about justice and equality to those who are disenfranchised. Well, it’s time for houses of worship to reach out to other groups to bring about peace. Working together to bring about peace in the community isn’t about being Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or Hindu, just to name a few; it’s about doing the right thing in order to bring about a civilized society whereby people can interact with one another without feeling intimidated, threatened, or ostracized.
The question is how can world faiths come together? Here are a few ways:
Understand that people working together instead of against each other will bring about the greatest impact
Work on a common issue. It’s not about saying which religion is better, it’s finding a common cause and becoming solution-oriented
Ignore what the media has to say about people of different religious faiths. As long as the media is allowed to control and dictate what is and isn’t, hatred and division will continue to escalate
Use social media as a method to promote peace. Because so many people use social media to gather information, why not start a movement and/or cause to bring about peace whereby the world faith community comes together instead of against each other
Clearly, there will be people who will not participate or condone world faiths working together. Why? Because they are so segregated in their thinking that collaboration is foreign. The time to do away with isolation has to end now. Everyone can make a difference and everyone will be held accountable for what they do or don’t do. Let’s put aside the differences and work together to end the sin of racism, harassment and hatred in this world.
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him at www.sinclairgrey.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey